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Pumpkin-nog pudding

"I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion." Henry David Thoreau, American writer Once upon a time, people everywhere ate everything and they did not double over in pain or break out in hives. Like glass slippers and whistling while one works, however,… Continue reading Pumpkin-nog pudding

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Fancied-up box stuffing

"Thanksgiving dinners take 18 hours to prepare. They are consumed in 12 minutes. Half-time takes 12 minutes. This is not coincidence." Erma Bombeck, American humorist I've been cooking a long time and I like to make things from scratch. So, for me, Thanksgiving has become a chance to pull out all the stops. But, when… Continue reading Fancied-up box stuffing

spiritual life

Always something there to remind me

"I can't seem to find Funkytown on Google Maps." bumper sticker wit It is probably difficult for Millennials or Gen Z-ers to imagine, but there was once a time when one could pump gas or buy groceries without listening to music. There are yearbooks to contend with, as well. Here I am in my 1980s… Continue reading Always something there to remind me

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Moo-free maple/cashew popcorn

“Oh, no!" Hazel wailed. "Popcorn! Our fatal weakness!” Rick Riordan, The Blood of Olympus Sometimes you just need to snack. That is easier said than done in a household that includes vegetarians and omnivores, a couple non-dairy types and one who eats no gluten. Half the typical glaze (and the calories), but all the sweet… Continue reading Moo-free maple/cashew popcorn